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Vansutha Farm Update Tuesday:

First published 22 February 2022


Vansutha Farm is the name of my Isaan family's farm one km from our home in Si Bun Rueang, northern Isaan. We spend time there on a regular basis, and I report on the farming activities for those who are interested in things other than tourist attractions.


The chilli crop. Evidently the sign reads no pesticides, so basically organic. Not sure why it is there - maybe for a Tony photo.

We have been busy repainting the house, so haven't been to the farm for a few days. Yuan and Lud visited us yesterday to hunt for more ant eggs to stick Yuan's Monday market stall, so we haven't been totally out of touch. A few update photos from today, even though Yuan and Lud were away looking for more ant eggs.

The sticky plastic bottles seem to be doing their job.

With Yuan and Lud away, Dee Doh, the farm dog, was sulking (?) in the middle of this field. Waiting their return I think.

The posts are the first stage of planting cowslip vines, a favourite of mine. Described as:

This flower belongs to the fragrant and edible flower that grows in South-east Asia, China and India. The shiny green wine will climb on the fence with the heart shape leaves spreading around. Bloom in small green flower in a bunch and when they bloom the colour will be a bit of yellowish green. You will smell the light fragrance in the early morning, then they bloom.

In the kitchen I love to cook them in a clear soup with mince pork, because in clear soup you can still taste their original flavour which is very aromatic and a bit sweet. Other people use them for deep-fry or have them with the shrimp in a salad. As far as I know them, I have not seen this flower being eaten raw.

For the mineral they contain fibres, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin A, B, C and niacin.

Lud cutting cowslip flowers in a previous year. Really yummy. Try them with butter.

Yuan had a supply of cowslip seedlings from her last planting.

Being a vine, they need a trellis, which will be supported by these wooden posts. Spot Dee Doh.

You can see that they have started to cull the lettuce in the row on the left, by removing excess seedlings, giving each plant room to grow.

The long bean trellis is finished and the beans growing well after a week of cloudy days and quite a bit of rainfall.

Bags of ice husks brought in, which is an indication they will be planting up more fields. The rain has slowed this process down. So unusual to have rain this time of year.

The two fields Yuan and Lud want to plant up for Songkran, Thai New Year, a very busy time for them.

You can see the rain we've had because the washing platform is underwater.

Gaun's gardens are enjoying to too.

Such lushness now happening around the solar installation.

And although the bougainvillea is waning, there is still colour at the farm.

Older sister Yurt's five rai (One rai = 1,600 sq mtrs) of newly cut sugar is sprouting well as a result of the weather.

And I happened to capture this shot. There is a temple 1 km past the farm, and this is the Buddhist abbot's mum, who visits him every day to bring food. Some kids never leave home

Thanks for reading.



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